One Lesson to Rule Them All

The following is David Emond’s third guest post on the WARRIORS blog. To view David’s first article on workout efficiency, click here, and his second article on the importance of focusing during a workout, click here. In this article, David the most important thing he has learned from his all his time spent in the classroom and in gym, but you’ll have to read it to find out what his most important lesson is. Enjoy! – Schuyler

By: David Emond

Here I am halfway through my third year of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.  It’s been quite the ride so far. Throughout my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some top-notch professors and other individuals on various training methods and the science behind them. I’ve been able to learn a great deal of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology to apply to performance enhancement. Continue reading

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Strength Coaching 101: Summer School Edition

By: Schuyler Schmidt

This summer I had the privilege of interning with the strength coach of a local professional hockey team. Working alongside an already established strength coach was an incredible learning experience for a novice like me. Here are some of my thoughts and observations for other aspiring strength coaches.

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How Lifting Weights Made Me More of a Woman

The following is a guest post from Rouzeen Imaan, a 3rd year AHS student and first-time contributor to the WARRIORS blog. To learn more about Rouzeen, check out her bio at the bottom of the page. In this article, Rouzeen shares her personal story about how weight lifting drastically changed her life and helped her grow into a strong, confident woman. Enjoy! – Austin

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By: Rouzeen Imaan

This article isn’t here to tell you how lifting weights will give you a fantastic female body — high perky butt, great legs and a great set of abs. That’s not what I mean by “more of a woman”.  Women can look any damn way they want. I’m trying to dig a little deeper.

Let’s start with me.

I’m 22 years young. Female. Indian. Muslim. Bodybuilder.

  Stereotypes, come at me.

In high school, I wore a headscarf, a decision that wasn’t really mine but came with the turf of being the daughter of a priest. A priest’s daughter, that’s right. As a result of not being able to portray myself the way I wanted to, I had pathetically low levels of self-esteem. At heart I was an extrovert who lacked confidence to do all the extrovert things I wanted to do, like dance in public and twerk on a goose. Continue reading

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5 Exercises My Ego Prevented Me From Doing

By: Schuyler Schmidt

I have an ego. I’ll admit it. I’m not above taking a quick glance around the gym, making note of the exercises others are doing and mentally declaring myself better. In my mind, I’m the strongest, fastest, and best trained person in the gym. In reality, my stubbornness and pride have created more holes in my training than I care to admit. Check your ego at the door, like I did, and see if you can’t also benefit from some “too easy” exercises.

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The 3 Days of Working Out

By: Schuyler Schmidt

Summer break means more time to play around with my workouts. In April, I devised a new workout strategy that would allow me to stay in shape while also becoming more technically sound in my lifts, learn new stuff, and enjoy the wonderful heat and humidity of a Pennsylvania summer.

Listening to a podcast while driving to work recently, I discovered that Gray Cook already had this exact same idea, which he calls, “Practice Days, Training Days, and Fun Days.” Here is my take on this training routine… Continue reading

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How to Achieve Bulk Naturally

By: James
The following is a guest post by James, his first for the club. James is a personal trainer and bodybuilding enthusiast, who is a contributing author for www.musclegrowthexpert. com. In this article, he discusses how to naturally get the gains and physique you want. As always, enjoy and comment below! -Schuyler
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Most sensible and experienced professional bodybuilders understand that training the natural way is much more beneficial in the long run than using artificial and potentially harmful supplements. Artificial techniques, such as the use of anabolic steroids, can have devastating effects on your body, such as shrunken testicles, and more importantly, heart and liver problems.  So, if you are trying to achieve muscle size sans synthetic supplements, you should try to stick to natural supplements that blend well with effective exercise. The basic rule is that if you want fast results, you should work hard for them, instead of opting for a quick, short route.  Here are my tips for building good muscle mass in a natural way.

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The Newcomer’s Guide to the Weight Room

By: Praneeth Ellanti

I recently started working as a personal trainer and have noticed that most newcomers to the gym make the same 5 mistakes. I truly believe that if these “sins” were avoided, everyone could have a safer, more efficient workout, while also gaining a more positive gym experience, in addition to getting stronger. Continue reading

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